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Northampton Saints 40 London Irish 14 match report: Saints end

Northampton have been waiting for this since October. Five months ago their unbeaten start to the Aviva Premiership ground dramatically to a halt in Reading when London Irish registered a bonus-point win on their own turf; here they returned the compliment with interest – or "icing" as Brian Smith, Irish's director of rugby, said.

Smith plays safe but falls just short

"Four years of work and all I have to show for it is 50 seconds on the pommel horse," Louis Smith said a few weeks ago. In the end it came down to even finer margins – a 10th of a point being the difference between winning the first gold medal ever by a British male gymnast, and the silver which he took. He took it well, showing off the easy, magnetic personality with which he has attracted a following to British gymnastics. Smith's score tied with the winner, Krisztian Berki, but the Hungarian took gold for a fractionally higher execution score.

Problem patents: the battle of ideas

Buying up patents is big business. But the system that was designed to protect the small investor is being twisted by big companies who are using it to stifle the small guys

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Registered designs: are you missing out?

Suppose you develop a fantastic product. You might consider applying for a patent to protect the product or how it works. You might also think about applying for a trademark to protect the product’s name or branding. Would you also think about protecting the appearance of the actual product using registered designs?

The 10 Best new luggage

1. John Lewis Value Hard Side

£75, johnlewis.com

The store's first foray into home-brand luggage has bag-handler-proof sides made of sturdy ABS plastic yet it's light to handle.